So....you knew it was coming...the requisite long drawn out dissertation on my little birthday boy and all of his lovable attributes. What can I say, I am still a mother of only one; he is the object of all my affections. As I move forward, I am excited to leave the flat furnishing and birthday planning behind me and to look ahead to the development of the UK division of Sarah Anderson Photography, (in fact, I kind of have no idea what to do with myself this morning . . . the neighbor took Liam to school, my to-do list is currently all clear, everyone is healthy, and the cleaner is booked for Thursday so here I sit, feeling caught up for this very fleeting moment . . . hence, the early on-time blog writing) but for just one more blog post, I will focus on Liam and then I promise, I will move on!
But I mean, come on . . . turning 5 is kind of a big deal. It’s comparable to catapulting into adulthood really. It’s the year you go to kindergarten, when no one dare call you a toddler anymore or God forbid, “cute,” your mommy can shop at BabyGap no longer (sad sad face), you have to start paying bus fares (roll eyes) and you gotta play with the big boys from here on out at soccer class. This year in particular, I have noticed a massive change from Baby Liam to Kid Liam. Physically, he has grown about 3 inches I swear. Well, maybe not three inches, but still . . . all the pants we brought to London for him are all about that much too short. His face is fuller, more mature, brimming with so much knowledge and passion. The first two years of school were so internal for him, but this year it seems like everything he has absorbed since he started at 2 3/4 years is just exploding out of him. He has blossomed into a completely social and personable being, taking after his Daddy. Something to which, being an introvert myself, I cannot relate, but absolutely admire and love about him. He is the type of friend at school who wants to include everyone in his life and this year has found himself at the center of battles for his attention. We had a small get together at the Flat on Saturday and he was allowed five friends. At the end of the day, we felt so blessed to have made these kind of connections with such a wonderful group of people in such a relatively short amount of time here. I’d love to credit my unparalleled magnetic charm, but who am I kidding . . . all the credit goes to Liam’s personality (and also I think people here are just amazingly one hundred percent genuinely VERY nice and approachable).
We had 2 birthday donuts . . . why not?!
Some quiet moments amidst a crazy week . . .
Total. Party. Animal.
Unfortunately, I missed out on one of Liam's best buddies in this photo, but hey, toilet calls . . .